Renegade 101, part six
The warm waters washed upon my board, under the midnight moon. Youthful fury sent me paddling out into the dark of night, in search of some solitude. Yet, little did I know that I would make one of the most startling discoveries of my life that would serve later as a genesis of much of my career.
Poised atop my board, waiting for the one wave that seems to find me every so often, the ocean stood quiet for a spell. A fluttering of ocean life around me while off in the distance it began. A slow rumble, a Coltrane beat coming in hard and fast, here it was, “that” wave in our first encounter.
Likely, beyond my abilities as the time but instead of scratching and clawing my way out, the midnight waters bathed fear from me. Fear, one of life’s deadliest foes, washed away as in my youthful glint, I paddled with all my might into this beast. Pulling into the wave, drawing up the impact zone, without a morsel of self-doubt, I shot down into what was the ride of my life at that time.
While there are boundless stories and lessons of the magic of Surfing, for this situation it is likely best to limit on how it played a role in the foundations of the Renegade theories.
All movement begins with stillness and while that seems to be a peculiar, yet obvious notation, it is often looked past. Within the calm stillness of ocean waters is a power impossible to describe in words but simply unparalleled in most settings. Yet the ocean fluctuations from stillness to booming power in a blink of an eye. In a second, the calmness is broken with life challenging power and in a further moment returns to quiet. This is true power, not the bravado laced yelling and screaming that is suggested often. With the stillness, there is a power that serves as the birthing ground to movement.
Yet the majesty of the ocean’s waves is not simply to teach the fluctuation of readiness but organic aspect of all movement. No wave is alike as all natural movement varies, is organic in nature and predictably, unpredictable. To be successful in sport as well as all training pursuits such that it carries over to real life, the organic nature of movement much be reflected.
In a final turn, the ocean waters gave clue to be powerful and efficient, you must find a level of physical and mental relaxation, where reactive movement is reflexive to rapidly changing conditions. Flowing with poise and ease between changing situations is a key attribute within all training situations yet rarely considered outside of what would develop into the Renegade theories.
Each of the these notions, eliminating fear, charging at life without doubt, movement emitting from absolute stillness, the fluctuation of intensity, management of composure and the ability to react to rapidly changing conditions are instrumental to success in the field of competition as well as life and serve as footings with Renegade Training™. This foundation is one of the reasons why "Renegade" trained individuals not only excel in sport but equally are destined for success in life and to leave great footprints for others to follow. Renegade breeds leaders of tomorrow, today.
prepared by John Davies
photos "Pink, its the New Black" a Renegade production